Originally Posted by applecider
Originally Posted by jrose_lee
I wrote and recieved this back:
Thank you for your message. I heard this bill in committee and on the Floor of the House. I am sure there are many bills in which we can agree, but I don't think we'll agree on this one. This bill asks parents to sign a form saying that they understand the information that was presented to them about immunization. It does not force you to have immunizations, only that the Doctors or other medical staff have informed you of them. I believe this bill allows for more access for the patients.
I did vote yes on this bill and it passed out of Committee and on the floor of the House. It has now moved in the House as version HB 1015; and in the Senate as SB 5005. Both versions have passed their respective houses and are being further considered.
So is the bill only that we have been informed? Not that they agree that we are not vaccinating?
The bill makes it so that to file an exemption, with every exemption you file you have to have a signed statement from a health care practitioner saying they discussed the pros and cons of vaccination with you. If you read the bill reports, their underlying reasoning is that vaccine exemptions are too easy to get. Those speaking for the bill include the AAP. The only opponent is from some mercury/heavy metal coalition, who honestly sounds a bit flaky from the con statement. So I think that's part of why it is passing.
This is what will be added to the current immunization law should this pass:
The form presented on or after the
11 effective date of this section must include a statement to be signed by
12 a health care practitioner stating that he or she provided the signator
13 with information about the benefits and risks of immunization.
You can read the whole bill, the bill reports, etc at the two links in the original post.